Lexus Tops Consumer Reports 2013 Brand Report Cards

Lexus topped the list this year for automakers that Consumer Reports counts to be the best while Detroit brands generally sank to the bottom. 

Consumer Reports recommended every vehicle Lexus makes – a distinction that only Acura managed to replicate despite coming in fifth of 26. Meanwhile, Honda and Toyota both took accolades for the redesigned Accord and Camry — both of which the magazine said made “significant strides” with their redesigns.

German brands were inconsistent, with Audi scoring higher than any other in eighth place while parent company Volkswagen sat in 16th. MINI, owned by BMW, scored the lowest of any European brand at 20th place.

Scion outscored every other brand in reliability as the only make to manage an “excellent” rating.

Finally, the majority of American brands sat far toward the bottom. Cadillac topped the list, largely helped by the CTS while GMC and Chevrolet sat a few spaces below with average reliability and humdrum product lines.

Chrysler and Ford took it on the chin more than any other brands this year. Chrysler, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep and Dodge rounded off the five worst brands in that order.

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